Protecting Your Gutters – What Every Homeowner Should Know
Icicles hanging from your gutters may look like a normal, beautiful winter sight. In reality, those icicles are more problematic than you may realize. Since the water is now in a solid state, it doesn’t flow normally through the gutters and downspouts as it did when the temperature was above freezing. The gutters are now frozen solid and extra pressure is applied to the gutter fasteners. If you have weak gutters, this is the time when they could fail and pull away from your home.
Here are a few DOs and DON’Ts to consider that will help avoid “icicle” problems:
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- Install strong gutters using 6″ continuous aluminum strengthened with Alcoa Leaf Relief gutter guard attached with screws.
- Install a de-icing cable in any problem areas of known ice dams before winter sets in.
- Break the icicles off thus removing some of the pressure on the gutters.
- Increase the attic insulation, thereby reducing premature melting of the snow.
- If an ice dam has occurred and water is dripping from the ceiling, remove the ice dam by chipping the ice away in the affected area and install a de-icing cable.
- Attempt to remove ice from the gutters – that will only harm the gutters.
- Walk under large icicles – you never know when they could dislodge and come crashing down causing injury.
- Climb on a snowy roof.
- Worry about icicles. Usually, they will just melt and go away without causing any harm.
While ice is a powerful force of nature, it can be managed by following the DOs and DON’Ts listed above. A proactive approach, with the help of a professional like Solid Rock Roofing, will ensure your gutters (and roof) are protected during the winter months.